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Where Does the Time Go?

Harley Frazis and Jay Stewart

in Hard-to-Measure Goods and Services

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780226044491
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226044507 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226044507.003.0004
Where Does the Time Go?

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The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) is the first time use survey conducted by the U.S. government. It is the only ongoing time use survey, and with the release of the 2004 data, its sample size exceeds that of any other time use survey. This chapter describes the ATUS, reviews some of the uses of time use data, and discusses how specific features of the ATUS affect two key applications—valuing household work and estimating hours worked for pay.

Keywords: time use survey; time use data; valuation; household work; working hours

Chapter.  11217 words. 

Subjects: Microeconomics

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